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What we do is transformational, not theoretical.
Our multi-discipline syndicate of experts are uniquely qualified to tackle the difficult aspects of creating real value through transformation.

Many organizations have people who can provide innovation capacity, but we have the innovation abilities to work closely with our clients to create new customer experiences, a revised service system, a new business model and so much more.  

Why work with us?
Connected. Adaptable. Agile. 
We help FinTech organizations from all sizes accelerate a new product/idea, innovate something that is not working, expand awareness, increase your company's footprint, or dive into a new market.  
We are deeply connected to the FinTech community and stakeholders and help organizations find partners and build awareness within the FinTech ecosystem.
OUR SERVICES
We have a formidable set of transformation skills.
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INNOVATION SYNERGIST
We transform your company through innovation.
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MARKET OPPORTUNIST
We transform your company through market expansion. 

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GROWTH ACTIVISTS
We transform your company through our Fintech expertise.
OUR TEAM
We all have something in common, experience.
Chief Business Officer

TYLER ANDERSON

Tyler brings a wealth of experience to innovative enterprises. He has spearheaded and grown multiple startups, built products that redefine how people influence governments, and lead a team to make Canada’s top political website thrive in its most successful year. Tyler has a Major in Finance from Dalhousie University, Canadian Securities Designation, Certificate in Finance and Accounting from Grenoble École de Management in France and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Email:tanderson@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (613) 854 6949

Special Operations

GARY BRITTON

Gary is in charge of special projects as well as keeping the office running in harmony with nature and making employee candy appear (and disappear). Gary has a background in sales and marketing and was a stay at home dad, so he is a nurturer and can quote Chaucer and Elvis. He is passionate about the FGS innovation process and showing corporate incumbents how to buy in-to the process.

 

Email:gbritton@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (647) 519-9775

CEO

SUE BRITTON

As CEO & Founder of FGS, Sue is passionate about working with all sizes of companies in FinTech to help them accelerate growth and innovate new business techniques. Sue was Head of Innovation for D+H (now Finastra), SVP and GM of a startup business unit she created for Broadridge that grew to $40 Million in revenue in 24 months, and has spent 25 years in various corporate executive positions and new startup roles.

 

Email:sbritton@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (647) 522 9775

Innovation Process Manager

MELISSA BRYANTON

Melissa Bryanton is our Innovation Process Manager. Her experience includes pursuit management, driving process, and internal stakeholder alignment. Melissa joins us from Deloitte where she worked in the National Sales Office, and is going to help our team efficiently and consistently execute the FGS innovation process with our clients.”

Email:mbryanton@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (416) 606 7242

Vice President, Delivery & Customer Success

HARVEY DAWSON

Harvey is an experienced management consultant and professional services delivery leader.   He has worked in public and private practices, formerly as a Principal at Deloitte, Doane Raymond and Atos Origin, and in large ISVs where Harvey also was VP of Professional services at Compuware, Dynatrace and recently at Aurea Software. Harvey hails from University of Toronto, and has previously attained PMP, CMC, CISP designations as well as various technical accreditations.

 

Email:hdawson@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (416) 388 6556

Creative Director

STEVEN DEMELO

Steve studied illustration and design at Sheridan College. Steve’s background focuses on providing clients with up-to-date marketing tactics, coordinating with multi-faceted designers to execute tailored digital and print media campaigns, as well as providing professional design and marketing services to proprietors and industry leaders. Combining his agency and consulting experience, he has serviced a wide range of private and public sector clients across a global network. Sectors that he has designed and executed strategies for include; pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, financial services, energy, broadcasting, transportation, health care, post-secondary, government and municipal.

Email:sdemelo@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (647) 216 3448

Engagement Specialist

NOORIN DEVANI

Brings a wealth of experience working across two continents in operations, relationship management and product development. Her experiences span working in both a large multinational corporation as well as small high-growth startups. Prior to FGS, Noorin developed and managed digital assets for a small manufacturing operation including digital product development and online marketing campaigns. At RBC Noorin managed a book of business and developed strong client relationships that helped scale a de novo operation rapidly. Noorin is a digital native with certification in digital product management with a bachelors of science from University of Toronto.  

 

Email:ndevani@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (416) 827 9157

Human Resources Partner

JUANITA GLEDHILL

Juanita holds an Honours B.A. in English and Political Science from McMaster University, Certification in Human Resources Management from Mohawk College and received her CHRP designation in January 2004 and her CHRL designation in 2014. Juanita is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) for community service. In February 2004, Juanita was awarded the Ross A. Hennigar Memorial Award by the Human Resources Professional Association, in recognition of her academic, career and community service achievements in the field of Human Resources. Her experience includes operational and executive leadership in public sector organizations, Information Technology firms, and community social and health services.

Email:jgledhill@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (905) 308 2939

Advisor, Innovation Lead

LINA ISMAIL

Lina has spent her career working with fintech companies in Canada and Europe defining the vision and strategic direction through product innovation, marketing and cultural transformation.  Lina has propelled the growth of the business and enabled the development of solutions that have transcended the status quo. She believes that by challenging boundaries and broadening perspectives, you are able to harness the full potential and talents of people, which in turn will help achieve the best possible solutions.

Email:lismail@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (416) 400 6941

UI/UX Analyst

RON KIELSTRA

As an UX designer with both a liberal arts and engineering background, Ron is fascinated by the different ways that people think about and solve problems, and uses these observations to build user-first products. Ron previously worked in the media, tech, and health care industries, before discovering a passion for creating retail experiences that use tech to remove barriers.

 
Advisor, Innovation Lead

RAMY NASSAR

Ramy is a Toronto-based engineer, designer and maker. Ramy leads Strategy and Design teams, working directly with end-users to create innovative and differentiated customer experiences, based on user insights and advanced data analytics. With a background in computer engineering, Ramy has straddled technical, design, and business-oriented roles, ranging from grassroots startups to some of Canada’s most influential brands.

Email:rnassar@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (519) 591 7147

Marketing Analyst

FRUZAN NIJRABI

Fruzan is a marketing analyst specialising in the Canadian FinTech environment at FGS. In 2016, Fruzan discovered the world of FinTech by participating in the VISA Future of Banking Challenge at the Mobey Day conference and winning the first place prize. Fruzan recently completed a Master of Science (MSc) in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Manchester, UK with distinction and has a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Honours Degree in Marketing from York University, Canada.

Email:fnijrabi@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (647) 892-6211

Head of Social

JAY PALTER

Jay is a digital business strategist, specializing in the strategic use of social influencer networks to build online visibility and enhance brand reputations in B2B settings. He works with businesses and individuals by helping practice professionals, executives and owners to cultivate productive business relationships with established influencers in their industry.

His business experience spans over two decades, during which he has held a variety of leadership positions in financial services, software development and marketing.

Jay is a sought-after public speaker at industry conferences and events. He is a columnist in a variety of publications, including Advisor.ca and The Globe and Mail, on the topic of social networking strategies for business professionals. He also publishes an annual list of top Fintech influencers that is widely respected as the most authoritative in the industry, along with a wide variety of other sector-specific influencer lists.

 

Email:jpalter@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (587) 586 8433

Finance Manager

TRACY PLOURDE

Tracy brings her broad range of accounting skills and experience to the FGS team. She obtained a BA at Wilfrid Laurier University, earned her CGA designation and is currently a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Tracy started her career in public practice, specializing in small-to-medium business clients. From there, she moved on to private industry in the roles of controller and manager of finance. Tracy brings more than 15 years of accounting experience and expertise to her work at FGS

Email:tplourde@finechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (613) 200 2521‬

Head of Research

CAROL RICHARDSON

For Carol, it’s all about the customer. As a customer experience practitioner, Carol works with companies of all sizes, across various industries, to achieve customer-driven growth and bottom line success. She is recognized for her ability to align company goals with customer needs to uncover hidden insights to develop and deliver impactful customer programs that promote customer retention, value delivered, and loyalty. Carol held leadership roles spanning the customer lifecycle for industry leaders such as Adobe, SAP, Irdeto, Finastra as well as some of the most innovative technology start-ups. 

Email:crichardson@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (705) 427 3989

Data Analyst

JOHNNY TAN

Johnny Tan is our Data Analyst. He just graduated from Ryerson with a Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Economics, Minor in Finance. In the past he worked at TD and is going to be helping FGS build out our Maple Database and help our clients track and engage with their ecosystem.

Email:dtan@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (647) 618 0768

INDUSTRY BEST PANEL
We give our clients exclusive and direct access to some of the most accomplished professionals in a broad range of fields. Our panel is composed of long-time industry leaders, thinkers, and innovators who have all carved their own unique paths to success. 
FINTECH, CORPORATE & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, & CAPITAL MARKETS EXPERT

AMAR AHLUWALIA

Collaborative business leader with extensive experience within financial services, across: banking, fintech, asset management, capital markets, advisory, strategy, and corporate development. Amar is an innovative thinker that creates unique and viable solutions for businesses.  He has a successful track record in raising capital, launching new products, institutional sales, M&A, developing and executing corporate strategy. Product/domain specialties include: online lending, fixed income & alternative asset data, credit investing, and operating model strategy. Amar pushes boundaries to find new and better ways to get things done.  Amar currently leads business development and capital markets for OnDeck Capital (NYSE:ONDK) in Canada. Prior to joining OnDeck, Amar has held senior roles of increasing responsibility across the buy side and sell side. Amar began his career at BMO Capital Markets and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from York University.

 
INSURANCE, PENSION, & FINANCIAL ADVICE EXPERT

SIMON CHAN

Simon is currently President BAL Consulting, a boutique consulting firm which corporations and start ups with innovation and strategy. He was most recently the Assistant Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Manulife Financial where he was responsible for strategic planning and development for the Insurance and Investment businesses as well as leading the digital solutions, advisor experience and regulatory and public affairs teams.

He has worked in the financial services industry for 20 years and has a diverse background in banking, investment management, and group pension/benefits where he has held a variety of senior positions in strategy, product, business development, operations, and project management.

Simon holds a Masters of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University is a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and PMP (Project Management Professional). Simon is currently involved in a number of roles in the Kitchener Waterloo tech ecosystem which includes acting as a corporate engagement specialist at the Accelerator Centre and a leadership coach at Communitech.

COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST / TROUBLESHOOTER

JACQUI D’EON

Jacqui is sought out for her ability to grasp the subtle and broader implications of a situation through listening and insightful probing. She gets to the core of issues and identifies the most impactful solutions, all with a sense of humour. Before starting JAd’E Communications, she was the Chief Communications Officer for Deloitte Canada for 10 years and enjoyed a 20-year career with P&G. She is a registered professional engineer, is accredited with the International Association of Business Communicators and was honoured with the designation, Master Communicator, in 2008.

 
EXPERIENCED SALES & MARKETING LEADER

GARY FEARNALL

Veteran in penetrating new markets, launching new products and partnering with vendors and customers. Gary brings deep experience in leading the launch of disruptive digital initiatives in the finance, media and entertainment industries. Recognized for continually exceeding goals, as well as establishing, and implementing the business vision. Over 20 years experience in digital including social media, ecommerce, mobile and online lending. Gary is proud to have worked for many wonderful companies including LinkedIn, Rogers, Bell Media, Cineplex and OnDeck Capital. He currently serves on a volunteer basis with the Canadian Lending Association and the Canadian Professional Sales Association.

BRAND ENGINEER

PHILIPPE GARNEAU

Philippe’s work, is launching and stewarding disruptive brands. Philippe co-brand-engineered the first ING DIRECT on the planet and creative directed the brand for over 13 years in Canada and in the U.S. He positioned, named and launched Intact Insurance, Canada’s largest home and auto insurer as well as Borrowell.com. Other brands Philippe has helped engineer include FundThrough, Zag Bank, Veriday, Horizn, finn.ai., D+H, Portage and the Canadian fintech awards.

DIGITAL BANKING & CREDIT CARD EXPERT

SCOTT LAPSTRA

Scott is recognized as an innovative Digital Banking and Credit Card Executive offering extensive Financial Services experience for nearly 20 years. He has expertise in launching and managing credit card and digital payments businesses with a bottom-line focus and a track record of establishing and growing new ventures. Scott built and launched Tangerine Bank’s credit card business in 2015, prior to that was Head of Strategy & Emerging Payments for MasterCard.

PAYMENTS PROFESSIONAL

ANDY SCHMIDT

Andy has over 25 years of financial services experience as an analyst, banker, and consultant guiding banks, vendors, and start-ups in making key business and technology decisions.  

His primary focus is on payments technology including payment hubs, mobile payments, and emerging payment types. He has written extensively on anti-money laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC), and the need to leverage data to improve customer and bank outcomes. 

Andy has also been widely quoted in such news outlets as The Wall Street Journal, American Banker, and NPR, and frequently speaks at Sibos, NACHA Payments, and private events around the world.

 
FINTECH BUILDER & INVESTOR

KARL SIGERIST

Karl Sigerist is a highly reputed Senior Executive and Thought Leader with more than 30 years of success spanning investments, SaaS, fin-tech, financial services, and corporate finance. Leveraging extensive experience in strategic leadership for international businesses, Karl is an asset for companies requiring expert assistance with financing, M&A, raising debt, equity, and securitizations capital, or investing to accelerate enterprise growth. His broad areas of expertise include P&L, general management, operations, sales, marketing, fin-tech, strategic planning, and business development.

Throughout his executive career, Karl has held leadership positions with Cerebral Capital, Crelogix Credit Group, Credit Acceptance Corporation, Travelers Financial Group, ACL Services, eSupplies.com, Banque Laurentienne, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Sharp Electronics, Westport Leasing, and Ricoh. He is the Founder of Cerebral Capital, an investment firm and provider of operating expertise, capital, and strategic vision for businesses across financial services and information technology. In 2007, Karl founded Crelogix and developed and launched an omni-channel financial technology enabled lending solution. Under his leadership and raising of over $750 million in capital, the company accomplished ongoing growth from $4 million to over $225 million in assets. He also led the renovation of $125 million financial service organization Credit Acceptance Corporation, improving ROC by 28% in less than a year and growing revenue by 17.5% as the Managing Director. In addition to serving as the current Director, President, and CEO at Cerebral Capital, Karl is also a Managing Partner at The Shaughnessy Group, a lower middle-market corporate finance advisory firm, which leverages a team of professionals highly competent in mergers, acquisitions, debt, equity, and securitizations capital raising for privately held companies.

As a seasoned board member and industry expert, Karl is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, a Mentor to Entrepreneurs at Simon Fraser University, a Mentor at MOSAIC, a member of the Canadian Finance & Leasing Association, a member of the Commercial Finance Association, and a member of the American Financial Services Association. He has previously served as the Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Lenders Association, Treasurer and Director of the Canadian Vacation Ownership Association, a member of the Finance Committee for the American Resort Development Association.

 
PROJECT PORTFOLIO DELIVERY EXPERT

ANDREAS ZAPLETAL

Andreas is a project portfolio delivery expert across multiple industries. Andreas helps get the most out of your team while translating ideas into reality and delivering on your organization’s vision and strategy.

Andreas brings best practices in agile and traditional delivery to organizations, including delivery of solutions at scale.  He has worked with small startups to some of the most recognized institutions, such as Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, Transamerica Life, Aegon, and The Loyalty Group (Air Miles).”

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